‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ will arrive this week with Miles Morales back into action along with Gwen Stacy. You can expect more versions of Spider-Man in this movie than its prequel, Into the Spider-Verse. The franchise always had a potential for expansion into several stories apart from the canon.
While a third film will be out in 2024, and a female-centric Spider-Verse film is also in the works, we now have a new spinoff, but it is not a movie.
On Tuesday, Shueisha and Marvel Entertainment announced a manga spinoff for the ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ movie. The manga is titled ‘Spider-Man: Octopus Girl’ and is written by Hideyuki Furuhashi with art by Betten Court. It will debut on the Shonen Jump+ app on June 20.
Hideyuki Furuhashi and Betten Court have previously worked together for ‘My Hero Academia: Vigilantes’, a manga series that is a prequel and a spinoff to the original ‘My Hero Academia’ manga.
The story of ‘Spider-Man: Octopus Girl’ begins with the villain Doctor Octopus falling into a coma. When he wakes up, he finds himself in the body of a Japanese middle-school girl, Otoha Okutamiya.
Note that the name of the girl sounds like the real name of Doctor Octopus – Otto Octavius. It is amusing how they never miss out on naming the characters in an obvious way.
Fans have been comparing this story to another comic series ‘Superior Spider-Man’ where Doctor Octopus implants his mind into Peter Parker. Since it is not disclosed if Otoha will become a hero or a villain, the manga could go anywhere. It would be fun if they brought Peni Parker as Spider-Man.
About Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ is a CG superhero animated film featuring Miles Morales as Spider-Man. It is a sequel to the film ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’.
Gwen Stacy contacts Miles to protect the Spider-Verse from a new villain, the Spot. They meet a group of Spider-People in the multiverse called the Spider Society, led by Miguel O’Hara (Spider-Man 2099) who are working on the same mission.